Thursday, 5 May 2016

MPOV: How to Train Your Viking by Toothless the Dragon

Toothless is the dragon of a truly extraordinary Viking Hero called Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III. Hiccup has written three books so far, and now Toothless has his say. Here are Toothless's tips on how to train your Viking!

The above taken from Goodreads.

This is definitely a very short, light and easy read! Finished it within the hour! I've watched the movie, How to Train Your Dragon, and knew it was adapted from a book but I didn't realised I had this in my TBR pile! I honestly need to start reducing my TBR pile and stopped hoarding more books! #frugalmodeon

Anyway, back to this cute book. It is a very simple read even for the young ones and very educational too. Highlighting the plights of bullying and the karma that gets them in the end. Also on not being boisterous and always be humble. A great read for the young hearted.

Goodreads rating: 4.19
My rating: 3/5

Author: Cressida Cowell
Genre: fantasy, fiction, children, adventure
Other books in the series: How to Train Your Dragon

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

MPOV: Ninja Joe

Yeap... it's edible...

Nope... it's not a movie nor a person...

Well, I haven't been to this food joint in ages so we thought of giving it a try after they had shifted and re-branded their business.

It was late and they still welcomed us, no complaints and all. However, as we were new to their menu, I had to asked to understand it so a little slow here from the cashier. For one, the variety has increased with many accompanying flavours! So it was kinda hard to choose from and they even serve udon and rice now (unfortunately no rice and udon as it was near closing time)!

The food was served promptly with a good sized portion as opposed to the miniatures served previously (during their old, limited menu).
My burger, Cheesy Mushroom RM10.90
I was too famished to have snapped hub's Cheezilla LOL! Anyway, the patty, though tender, tasted a little of the freezer. It was kinda oily too with hub's patty trickling of oil. Thankfully, my mushroom sauce was tasty so I didn't get that oily taste much. 

Total bill was RM28 inclusive of a bottle of mineral water. Honestly, it felt as though I was having a roadside burger but in an air-conditioned mall instead hence I'm paying double just for the ambiance. Definitely costly in my books.

My rating: 2.5/5

Location: LG59, Tropicana City Mall
Type: non-halal

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

MPOV: Tomorrowland

An adult Frank Walker and Casey Newton relate to the audience their experiences, beginning with Frank's visit to the 1964 New York World's Fair as a child. In the flashback, he meets David Nix, an official who is unimpressed with Frank's prototype jet pack. Frank does draw the attention of a young girl named Athena. Seeing his potential, Athena gives Frank a pin embossed with a "T" symbol and tells him to follow her aboard the fair's "It's a Small World" attraction. Frank sneaks onto the ride, where his pin is scanned and he is transported into a futuristic cityscape known as Tomorrowland. He falls from a ledge, but straps on his jet pack in mid air and lands safely before Nix and Athena.

The narration then shifts to the present, where Casey Newton sneaks into a decommissioned NASA launch pad in Cape Canaveral, where her father Eddie is an engineer. She sabotages the machines that are dismantling the launch pad and returns home, where Athena sneaks another pin that is programmed to Casey's DNA into Casey's motorcycle helmet. The next night, Casey attempts to break into the NASA compound again, but is arrested. At the police station, she sees the pin among her personal items, and discovers that upon contact, the pin instantly shows her a view of Tomorrowland that only she can see. She briefly explores the vision until the pin's battery runs out.

Assisted by her brother Nate, Casey finds a Houston memorabilia store related to the pin. Upon meeting the two owners, Hugo and Ursula, Casey is questioned about it, and when she says she knows nothing else about it, they attack her. Athena bursts in and fights Hugo and Ursula, who are both revealed to be robots. The two girls escape as the robots self-destruct, destroying the store. After stealing a car, Athena reveals that she is an Audio-Animatronic robot, and the one who gave Casey the pin, revealing that she needs her help to save the world. Athena drives Casey to Frank's home in Pittsfield, New York and leaves her there.

The above taken from Wikipedia.

From the start, it was kinda clueless. Then midway through when it was engaging with all the fights and excitement, it was confusing, having no idea of what was actually happening. And then towards the end, all was revealed.

It may be dull at some point since there's a lot of dialogue, the overall movie was engaging for me, keeping me glued to the idiot box. It's basically a movie about the past, present and future of Earth, where humans evolved with the technologies and with so many dreamers emerging as time goes by. However, there's a moment where they mentioned of Mother Nature, how technologies are killing it slowly. Other than that, if given the opportunity, I would love to be getting that recruitment pin! The sci-fi in me will never say no :-)

The overall CGI was so realistic with the breathtaking view of Tomorrowland, though somewhat similar to The Jetsons. I also want to applaud Raffey Cassidy as she was so good as a robot! Especially towards the end... so touching! The only unrealistic part for me was the Eiffel Tower... it was a little overboard here though they've linked it to the likes of Tesla and Edison.

IMDb rating: 6.5/10
My rating: 3/5

Director: Brad Bird
Casts: George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Hugh Laurie, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw
Category: a 2015 American science-fiction mystery adventure film

Monday, 2 May 2016

MPOV: D is for Dahl: A gloriumptious A-Z guide to the world of Roald Dahl

Did you know that Roald Dahl loved chocolate, but never ate spaghetti? Or that he was a terrible speller? Or that he had four sisters? D is for Dahl is an A to Z collection of facts, trivia, and zany details that bring Roald Dahl and his memorable characters to life.

Filled with Quentin Blake's illustrations plus black and white photos, each spread is exploding with information about the creator of Willie Wonka, James, and Matilda; from his family tree to the exact type of pencil he used to write his stories. Perfect for devoted fans and Dahl newcomers alike, this is a glorimptious guide to the world of Roald Dahl.

Roald Dahl (1916-1990) wrote many beloved and award-winning books for children, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, and The Witches.

The above taken from Goodreads.

Truth be told, I've never read a Roald Dahl's childrens book before. Only a short story, Lamb to the Slaughter, which I find incredulous and a genius! His technical prose is truly effective which was why he's won many awards!

This is a very inspiring read with many insights on his creative juices. I am definitely getting loads of tips on writing a good and engaging book yet being entertained by the true facts that was Roald Dahl. Even his memoir truly reflected him... engaging from the start to the end. Loving the unique compilation instead of the usual, boring biography style.

Some interesting facts:
1. Roald's favourite books were The Secret Garden by Frances HodgsonBurnett, Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome and Mr Midshipman Easy by Captain Frederick Marryat.
2. He actually co-wrote some James Bond screenplay back then i.e. You Only Live Twice. He's also chummy with Ian Flemming, author of James Bond.
3. He loved food so there are some recipes and foodie ideas i.e. Creamy Kit Kat Pudding and Hot-house Eggs
4. Like any other British, he played snooker!
5. He's also friends with Ernest Hemmingway!
6. He loved his vegetables, apart from chocolate, good lad!

The one thing I noticed, his brain never stopped working. When he's not writing, he loved inventing things and recipes. He's always finding things to do and kept himself busy plus fit and healthy. I honestly respected him, his ways, his ideas. He's definitely a good role model. So I think I need to find me a notebook too to start jotting down my ideas!

A very inspiring and humble read. This definitely sparks joy for me!

Goodreads rating: 4.04
My rating: 5/5

Compiled by Wendy Cooling, illustrated by Quentin Blake
Genre: non-fiction, biography, memoir

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Happy Labour Day 2016!

Thank you, especially to the unsung heroes, who make our daily lives easier, cleaner and better!

Labour Day (Labor Day in the United States) is an annual holiday to celebrate the achievements of workers. Labour Day has its origins in the labour union movement, specifically the eight-hour day movement, which advocated eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest. For many countries, Labour Day is synonymous with, or linked with, International Workers' Day, which occurs on 1 May. For other countries, Labour Day is celebrated on a different date, often one with special significance for the labour movement in that country. In Canada and the United States, it is celebrated on the first Monday of September and considered the official end of the summer holiday for most of the respective countries, as public school and university students return to school around that day.
The above quoted taken from Wikipedia.

Saturday, 30 April 2016

Zipping through #atozchallenge

Finally... I've reached the last alphabet of the #atozchallenge!!!

Just to recap, it felt like I was driving on a highway, zipping through the traffic, with a properly planned journey. Hence the title 'zipping through #atozchallenge' :-)

As expected, it was challenging especially when some of my title posts start with the same word i.e. 'the' or 'MPOV'. I had to think out of the box to add something at the start or change it with the associated alphabet so that I could post it accordingly which was really difficult at times.

On the other hand, I definitely had a hard time looking for something that starts with the letter 'X' and it's really a pain in the ass! When I Googled, those words that appeared were in no relation to my intended post! So in the end, I opted for a simple 'Xcerpt' as I had ran out of time LOL!

So if you asked me whether I'll do this again next year... well... most likely YES! I did enjoyed the extra efforts put in the thought process like pondering, thinking, creating. Also on what, how, who to blog... definitely a more creative journey for me.

So till then... cheers to all of us for finishing this challenge!
Here's the link if you want to know more:

Friday, 29 April 2016

You're on which team? Captain America: Civil War #atozchallenge

Somewhere in Siberia in 1991, Hydra revives James Buchanan "Bucky" Barnes from his decades-long sleep and transforms him into the Winter Soldier, equipping him with a robotic left arm and brainwashing him to be completely obedient to anyone who recites certain trigger words to him. He is then sent to assassinate a motorist and steal a briefcase filled with bags of Super Soldier serum.

In the present, Steve Rogers (aka Captain America), Natasha Romanoff (aka Black Widow), Sam Wilson (aka Falcon) and Wanda Maximoff (aka Scarlet Witch) stop a terrorist group led by Brock Rumlow (aka Crossbones) from stealing a biological weapon from a lab in Lagos, Nigeria. In the fight, a building is accidentally bombed, killing a number of Wakandan relief aid workers.

After giving a speech at MIT, Tony Stark (aka Iron Man) is confronted by a grieving mother whose son was killed in the battle in Sokovia with Ultron. Back at their headquarters, the Avengers are paid a visit by Secretary of State Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross, who informs them that the United Nations is in the process of passing the "Sokovia Accords", which will establish an international governing body to monitor and police the rapidly growing number of superhumans. The team is divided over the act; Stark supports government oversight because he feels guilty for his role in creating Ultron, whereas Rogers has become wary of government after Hydra infiltrated and manipulated S.H.I.E.L.D.

The above taken from Wikipedia.

Fully action-packed, very entertaining, somewhat witty yet touching with superb storyline! It was so totally worthwhile watching it in the cinema. So many emotions... so many superheroes... so little time ahahaha!

All the teasers of which team you will be on... the marketing gimmicks, etc... definitely makes more sense than Batman V Superman. The few intense scenes where Iron Man and Captain America verbally assault and then fight were nerve wrecking with the tensions building up until it blew up in the end! Either way, both were right on their grounds with valid reasons but one has the upper edge with more validity.

So so so entertaining with new superheroes like Black Panther, Ant Man and not forgetting Spiderman! Also returning was Hawkeye! It was definitely a non-stop 2.5 hours of excitement! Not forgetting the stunts and fights which seemed so real... I think they did most of the stunts themselves! Plus the new cool gadgets Tony Starks have... damn... loved it especially when he suited up in his helicopter!

Some say there were 2 post credit scenes but we've only watched the first one which was mid credit. It was just too late to wait for the next one, if there's any, which could be at the very end so we'll save that for when we could watch it at home. Apparently this is the last of the trilogy so... sad... nothing to look forward to now but at least Steve has his closure.

Lastly, I noticed lately this trend where youngsters just loved talking during the movie... as though they were narrators. Honestly, it's damn bloody annoying! I've paid a good chunk to enjoy the movie and not listen to your narrations damn it! Can you please stay at home if you can't shut up through out the movie?

IMDb rating: 8.3/10
My rating: 4/5

Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo
Starring: Chris Evans, Robert Downey, Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie
Category: A 2016 American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Captain America, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the sequel to 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger and 2014's Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and the thirteenth film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Xcuse me, this is my body safety rules #atozchallenge

This is a very important rule every single children must know! So parents, please ensure that your children are well aware and educated of this 'body safety rules'!


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